Private company: General Atomics-nuclear weapons + electromagnetic guns + drones (1955)

General Atomics was established on July 18, 1955 and is headquartered in San Diego, California. The existing company was acquired and merged in 1967. It is a US defense purchaser , focusing on research on nuclear weapons, electromagnetic guns and drones. . General Atomic Energy is not a listed company. The reason why it was released is that it is very interested in electromagnetic guns, but it has never been able to find a related listed company. It is regrettable.

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General Atomics:

General Atomic Energy researches nuclear fission and nuclear fusion, and also carries related technologies, enabling the company’s business to expand into related research and development and manufacturing fields. General Atomics has a wide range of research and development, from nuclear fuel cycle systems to unmanned reconnaissance aircraft, airborne sensors, advanced electrical, electronic, wireless and laser technologies.

GA’s initial projects were the TRIGA nuclear reactor and Orion project.

The brief history of the company is as follows :

  • 1967: Sale to Gulf Petroleum and new name: Gulf General Atomic Energy Company
  • 1973: Royal Dutch Shell Group takes a 50% stake and the company changes its name to General Atomic Energy
  • 1982: Gulf Oil acquires all shares in the company and changes its name to GA Technology
  • 1984: Gulf Oil merged with Chevron, and GA was incorporated as a wholly-owned subsidiary
  • 1986: Company sold to Neal Blue and Linden Blue
  • 1987: Former U.S. Rear Admiral Thomas J. Cassidy joins the company
  • 1993: Won the “Information Service” part of the NSF InterNIC functions and publishes Internet Scout Report contract
  • 1993: Established General Atomic Aviation System (GA-ASI)
  • 1994: GA-ASI split into a subsidiary
  • 1995: Termination of InterNIC’s information service provider status

General Atomics’ electromagnetic gun:

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The electromagnetic track gun has no propulsion fuel and is a kind of cold weapon. The electromagnetic gun uses the Lorentz force generated by the electromagnetic to project objects. When the current passes through the track, a magnetic field is generated. The magnetic field passes through the projected object and forms an angle of about 90° with the current inside, which will be on the projected object. Generate thrust (Lorentz force) and push out the projectile at high speed.

On February 28, 2012, the United States announced the successful test firing of the first prototype electromagnetic railgun with an ultra-long range manufactured by a military industry enterprise. The U.S. Navy stated that the prototype electromagnetic railgun has been fired 6 times, with a speed of up to 8,000 kilometers per hour. The prototype electromagnetic railgun was manufactured by British Aerospace Systems (BAE Systems) and arrived at the Surface Warfare Division of the U.S. Navy in Dahlgren, Virginia on January 30. According to the design theory, the maximum speed of the electromagnetic artillery shell will reach 9010 kilometers per hour, which is more than 7 times the speed of sound. General Atomic Energy has also provided the electromagnetic gun under study to the US Navy for testing.

The Zumwalt-class destroyer, the successor to the U.S. Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, was launched in Maine on the evening of October 28, 2013 and moved from the Bath Shipyard dry dock to the Kennebec River. The final phase of construction was completed in the spring of 2014, and it is planned to be handed over to the US Navy in 2015. This destroyer equipped with electromagnetic guns is also the largest stealth destroyer in the history of the US Navy.

General Atomics’ UAV obstacle avoidance system:

On October 25, 2012, General Atomic Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) announced the successful demonstration of a UAV obstacle avoidance system based on broadcast automatic dependent surveillance (ADS-B) technology. The system can enhance the situational awareness of pilots/operators and is compatible with the airborne sensing and avoidance system architecture developed by the company for the “Predator” B UAV.

General Atomic Aviation Systems has been working closely with government agencies such as the Federal Aviation Administration and industrial partners to improve the safety of drones. The company believes that the broadcast-type automatic correlation monitoring technology will play an important role in the future sensing and avoidance system, so it has been engaged in related research work.

On August 10, 2012, the prototype of this obstacle avoidance system was installed on a “Guardian” UAV (a maritime version of “Predator” B) for testing. During the test, the “Guardian” receiving transponder detected an unmanned aerial vehicle that was also equipped with a broadcast automatic correlation monitoring system in the nearby airspace and displayed it on the monitor of the ground control station. At the same time, the transponder notified other aircraft and the air traffic control “guardians” of the location and speed.

The broadcast automatic dependent surveillance system is a GPS-based surveillance system that is the basis of the FAA’s “next generation” air traffic management system (ATM). The “next generation” air traffic management system is an ambitious plan that will transform the US air traffic control system from a ground system to a micro system, which will greatly simplify the logistics burden of air traffic and improve the safety of aircraft. The Federal Aviation Administration has mandated that all aircraft flying above 10,000 feet and surrounding large airports be equipped with a broadcast-type automatic related monitoring system by 2020.

Further reading:

General Atomic Energy’s official website:

General Atomics Wiki: General_Atomics

General Atomic Energy Company Encyclopedia: American Stock Encyclopedia

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